Composer | Kuo Chih-yuan
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- The renowned composer Kuo Chih-yuan was born in Miaoli County in 1921. His father Kuo Wan-tsuei (郭萬最) was a music lover who played violin at home, so his son grew up listening to a wide variety of instruments and developed a passion for music.
- Although he dreamed of playing the violin, he chose theory over performance because of a congenital issue with his left hand – his left pinkie was bent. Because of the clinodactyly in his little finger, Kuo was unable to play the piano and had difficulty playing the strings on the violin.
- Kuo believed that the humanity, culture, and spirit of the nation cannot be reflected by Western classical music. Thus he devoted his entire life to creating music such as “Ode to Taiwan (臺灣頌)” that would represent Taiwan’s cultural roots and resonate with the people when they sing.
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Kuo as a preschooler (pictured on the right).
A family portrait. Nine-year-old Kuo is pictured standing in the middle of the first row, or the sixth position counting from the left.
An adolescent Kuo Chih-yuan in his first year of middle school in Tainan, 1935.
Kuo and his wife in Japan.
Manuscript of "Red Red Rose."
A sample of CDs featuring the prominent composer.